Nathan Cleary reveals Penrith Panthers premier tattoo: NRL news

Nathan Cleary will never forget his first premier with the Panthers – because his huge new slice of ink won’t let him.

Nathan Cleary has better hopes that he will be a panther for life after showing off a massive tattoo to commemorate his first post as NRL Premier.

Six years after starting his NRL career, the 24-year-old is one of the best players in the world and played a major role in the Panthers’ first title since 2003.

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Penrith’s 14-12 victory over the South Sydney Rabbitohs in last season’s decisive game finally saw the team fulfill their destiny as the mostly local young players ignored a loss to Melbourne in 2020 to lift the trophy after two years of domination.

And to celebrate, Cleary added some ink.

With a panther’s head, the word “Champs” and ’21, it’s a great reminder of the feat of him and his teammates.

However, not everyone liked the new design.

While some Panthers fans loved their team’s mascot image, others have suggested that the word “Champs” appeared to read “Choamps” due to the cursive script.

Some have called it the “drunken Picasso”, “worst rugby union team” and “worst tattoo I have ever seen”.

But others were fans. Local Penrith reporter for the Western Weekender Nathan Taylor tweeted, “Nathan Cleary has basically declared himself a Lifetime Panther with this amazing new ink piece.

At just 24 years old, Cleary has already played 120 NRL games, 10 State of Origin games, won the Clive Churchill medal and looks set to dominate the NRL for at least the next decade.

Cleary’s madness for his new ink can also be understood after sacrificing a lot, suffering a shoulder dislocation in State of Origin Game 2 and playing in pain until the end of the season before suffering a surgical intervention.

Penrith legend and NSW adviser Greg Alexander revealed that Cleary essentially played the second half of the year with one arm.

“It’s just tied together… the tendon was 80 percent torn so it was hanging down,” Alexander said after the season. “They tried the cortisone (injections) to try to shock her into scar tissue, to strengthen it a bit, but I don’t think it worked a lot.

“He just tied it up and got on with it.”

Cleary is said to be convinced that he will be right to start the new season.


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